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Sunlabob secures supply contract for Sierra Leone solar program


Sunlabob recently finalized a contract award to supply prepaid meters to a large solar-focused program being implemented in Sierra Leone by Welthungerhilfe, one of Germany’s largest non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on food security and poverty reduction in developing countries.

Welthungerhilfe will install solar systems at 179 different locations throughout Sierra Leone to provide a sustainable, reliable source of electricity to hospital, health posts, schools, banks and other important buildings.

Sunlabob will supply and deliver prepaid meters for each of the installations, allowing electricity users to purchase their power in advance.

Less than 10 percent of Sierra Leone's population has access to electricity, and for the population that does have access to electricity, prices are significantly high due to inefficient and costly generators.

Sunlabob brings previous experience in Sierra Leone to the project. In 2013, the company designed, supplied, installed and gave local training for 13 solar PV mini-grids in off-grid areas of the country.

The installations – part of a United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) initiative – enabled a reliable electricity supply in universities, training facilities and community centers.